From Michelle Lancaster
There’s No Kissing in Football
A number of sports references could be used here, but the story of a lesbian couple ejected from a recent Ravens game is simply too important to get lost in an analogy. The Blade has the full story, including the team’s response that the ejection was the result of a ‘stolen’ plastic cup and not a display of affection. Sometimes it’s hard to decide what is more important to a multi-million dollar franchise: a plastic cup or ensuring equal rights. There’s a lot of coverage of this event, and I encourage you to read it all, get disgusted at the nature of some of the comments and do a quick search of how to let the team’s PR staff know how you feel about this. Hint – it’s an email form.
DC City Government & Money: For Upcoming Elections – Where’s the Money?!
Who’s surprised that nearly two-thirds of the District’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissions failed to file quarterly financial reports on time? Check out how each ANC did at TBD (two of the three local ANCs filed on time). As we move forward with our ANC coverage, look for this to be a question to discuss with candidates. While you’re following the money, it’s worth investigating this item from Washington Business Journal on $100,000 for Logan/U St – does our neighborhood really need budget funds?
Stuff We’re Still Following: 14th and U Plans, Rent & Economic Security
After an uproar over the plans for 14th and U’s new streetscape, DDOT Director Gabe Klein asked for new ones. Congrats to all the local bloggers, especially Greater Greater Washington, for raising specific issues now being addressed, including better civic space around the Reeves Center. On the other hand, if the local survey was right and $32,000 is enough to have “economic security” in DC, can you even find a place to rent? Urban Turf reports on the tightening of the rental market on and around 16th St.
Your Friday Food Fix
Rogue States has flipped its last burger at the Connecticut Ave. NW location, after a judge found for the plaintiff, powerhouse law firm Steptoe & Johnson. The neighboring lawyers found the grills smell a “nuisance” as it wafted in their workspaces. Check out the full story of the last hours at Washington City Paper. It may be bad news for small business, but maybe a win for us with a new location at 14th & U? While on the topic of U St., we should mention that The Saloon, the latest drinking establishment to encounter DC’s labyrinth of liquor law, applied for their tavern license on Wednesday. WCP again.
Top DC News Out of the Borderstan area: The Bay Bridge is ‘Very Scary’
Hottest story out right now is how Travel and Leisure ranked our Bay Bridge the 9th scariest bridge in the world. Speaking as one of the hundreds of Borderstan residents that have made that drive back after a long weekend at Rehoboth or Dewey, the return to reality is almost as tough as the drive across the span. Full coverage of the area’s obsession with the story is at the WCP‘s City Desk blog.
From Michelle Lancaster
Confusion over Crème Café’s status
Management changes are never easy, and now diners on U St. and owner Tegist Ayalew know just how tough they can be. On Monday, a note appeared on Crème Café’s website announcing they were closing their doors after ‘accomplishing every goal they had set out for themselves’. Almost immediately, a panic that can be fueled only by an absence of shrimp and grits ensued. The Washington Post‘s Going Out Gurus set things straight with the owner – Crème is still very much open. The restaurant’s management staff was dismissed after six years, but the chef, Orlando Hitzig, will continue restaurant operations as normal.
Speaking of Management Changes… Vincent Gray’s Goodwill Tour Begins
The Washington Post reports that Vincent Gray, winner of the Democratic mayoral primary, will kick off his town hall meetings in Northwest DC today. His unofficial outreach efforts in areas where he lost in double digits began at the 17th St. Festival on Sept. 25. Stay tuned for the announcement of additional town hall meetings in and around Ward 2. One already on the books is Oct. 14 at 6:30 pm, School Without Walls, 2130 G St. NW.
Hiring and Promotion Freeze for City Workers in Effect
Mayor Fenty issued a freeze on hiring and promotions for all city workers effective immediately. As The Washington Post reports, it was a move urged by presumptive mayor Vincent Gray to help cover a whopping $175 million budget gap for fiscal year 2011. This move may give an additional boost to efforts by Council members Jim Graham and Michael Brown to raise taxes on the wealthiest DC residents.
Burleith Reporter and Wife Charged in Marijuana Case
DC has long earned its rather liberal reputation, but accounts of arrests made in Georgetown this weekend involving a small-scale marijuana farm still surprised area readers over the weekend. The Washington Post and Washington City Paper both reported that 11 full-grown plants were found in the yard of CBS radio correspondent Howard Arenstein and wife Orly Azoulay. An anonymous tip to the local police from a neighbor provided the basis for a search warrant.
Rogue States Trial Begins
Rogue States, one of the burger joints on “Burger Row” on Connecticut Ave., has been taken to court by their neighbors, law firm Steptoe & Johnson. The firm has accused Rogue States of being a ‘nuisance’, claiming that fumes from the restaurant’s wood-fired grill passed through the ventilation system and into the law offices. Washington City Paper‘s Tim Carman has the day-to-day of the trial at the Young and Hungry blog.